The 944 was Porsche’s mid range sports car positioned between the 924 and 911. It uses a rear-wheel drive water cooled 4 cylinder engine mounted at the front of the car, the gearbox is mounted at the rear providing better weight distribution which results in one of the best handling cars to come out of the 80’s.
The aim of the car was to provide a luxurious long distance cruiser as well as an exciting powerful road car. Its body was based upon the 924 Carrera GT, like the 924 it has a sloping glass hatchback providing a practical luggage storage area. The sunroof was a popular option as it was a removable metal panel providing a near Targa like open road experience.
The 944 was introduced for sale in 1982 and ran on for 10 years, it came in either a coupe 2+2 body or a very attractive Cabriolet. There were several models made but it’s the S2 Cabriolet that is featured here.
The S2’s engine capacity was raised to 3-litres making it the largest 4 cylinder engine in the world at the time and it provided an impressive 211bhp and 207lb of torque. It was Porsche’s official replacement to the 220bhp Turbo and uses many of that car’s chassis components including its stronger trans-axle, drive-shafts, brakes, wheels and tyres. It looks just like a Turbo too – the wrap-around plastic bumper/spoiler smooths its snout, simple and attractive disc alloys fill its flared arches, and the under slung rear wing firms up its tail styling.
When launched it’s main competition came from the Audi Quattro and Lotus Esprit Turbo, the S2 out accelerated the Quattro in 0-60 and 1/4 mile sprints and was just a smidgen behind the Esprit but its main trump card was its flexibility; in 4th gear, every 20mph increment from 10-100mph takes less than 7 seconds. No turbocharged car of the time could match this consistency nor deliver the sort of effortless and decisive progress. This smooth power delivery gives the S2 the throttle sensitivity for some predictable and entertaining cornering.
Electric Windows, Electric mirrors, Electric Front Seats, Electric hood, Leather Upholstery, Alpine Bluetooth head unit with MP3, Immobiliser, Cigar lighter, Ash tray, Digital clock, Headlight washers, ABS, Vertical headlight adjust.
This wonderful example is finished in striking Guards red paint with a Schwarz Black convertible hood. The paint has a deep shine to it and looks fantastic under the studio lights, benefiting from the aggressive box style arches that provide the car with a particularly muscular appearance.
The car has certainly led a pampered life, with all plastics, rubbers and surrounds showing no signs of corrosion whilst the roof is spotless with a clear rear screen; no distortion or milkiness.
This car has been specified with a Linen partial leather interior which is in immaculate condition defying the age and mileage of the car. The seats retain excellent comfort and support, whilst pleasingly all carpets and gearbox surround are free from any unsightly marks or stains. A real effort has been made to restore and reinvigorate the cabin space; extremely well presented as the pictures show.
The electric hood operates smoothly and without fuss whilst an Alpine head unit now offers both Bluetooth connectivity and MP3 compatibilty.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Engine and drivetrain are both in fine fettle after a rich history of main agent and specialist service history. Ignition is without hesitation and the car settles to a steady idle whilst gearbox positive and smooth thanks to a recently installed clutch. Having been subject to a 4 year troubleshoot programme with Autofarm car is mechanically excellent with Belts, Tensioners and Water pump replaced just 1k miles ago.
As for the engine bay itself, presentation is similar to both exterior and interior; very clean, very tidy and with no signs of abuse.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The stance of the car benefits from a great looking set of 17 inch Porsche Twist Cup alloys in fantastic condition showing no curbing at all. Tyres retain at least 6mm across the tread pattern.
The braking system remains strong and reliable, with front discs and pads replaced just 2k miles ago.
The original service book states this S2 was first registered by Merlin Nottingham on the 5th March, 1991. A huge history file annotates all work carried out since 2002 with MOT’s back to 1999 to verify mileage. A fully stamped service book with 18 entries further bolsters the provenance of this wonderful example.
More recently the current owner has instructed renowned specialist Autofarm to go through the car with a fine tooth comb and with bills totalling over £12k the car now presents and operates exactly as it should; future proofed for many miles to come.
The car also has some form with print media, the subject of a 6 page article by Philip Raby in GT Porsche magazine June 2015 showcases the 944 S2 with this example as its feature.
The original book pack is complete alongside the spare key.
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